Doomed Soldiers Memorial Day in Poland Date in the current year: March 1, 2016

Doomed Soldiers Memorial Day in Poland Doomed Soldiers Memorial Day is observed in Poland annually on March 1. This observance is related to the cursed soldiers, the members of Polish anti-communist resistance movement formed in the end of World War II.

The term "cursed soldiers" was coined in 1993, when it was used to describe the soldiers, who fought the Communist regime from the mid of the 1940s to the 1950s. Most of these Polish groups ceased to exist in the late 1940s or the early 1950s, when they were hunted down by NKVD (People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs) assassination squad or by MBP (Ministry of Public Security of Poland) security services.

The date of the memorial day coincides with March 1, 1951, the day, when the last IV Executive Office of the Association of Freedom and Independence was murdered by the Communist. Among them was Łukasz Ciepliński, one of the most important figures in the resistant movement.

Doomed Soldiers Memorial Day was initiated by President Lech Kaczyński. After his death the holiday gained the status of a national holiday.

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